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Resources - Autism & Social Skills

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

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A 5 is against the law!: social boundaries: straight up!: an honest guide for teens and young adults / Buron, Kari Dunn -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Pub. 2007. 
This book focuses on behaviours that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries. The author uses a direct and simple style, the author with lots of examples and hands-on activities.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B87 2007 

Building social relationships: a systematic approach to teaching social interaction skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other social difficulties / Bellini, Scott -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 2006.
This book addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders by helping children identify the skills they need to form relationships and an intervention plan to help them acquire these skills.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B45 2006 

Conversations en bandes dessinées: interactions avec des élevés atteints d'autisme ou d'autres troubles apparentes par le biais d'illustrations en couleurs / Gray, Carol -- Arlington TX: Future Horizons, 1996.
L'auteur combine bâton chiffres avec des «symboles de conversation" pour illustrer ce que les gens disent et pensent pendant les conversations.  Les enfants peuvent tirer leurs propres «bandes dessinées» pour montrer ce qu'ils pensent et se sentir sur des événements ou des personnes.  Différentes couleurs peuvent représenter les différents états d'esprit. Ces «bandes dessinées» trompeusement simples peuvent révéler ainsi que transmettre beaucoup d'informations de fond.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G72314 1996 

Early intervention games: fun, joyful ways to develop social and motor skills in children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders / Sher, Barbara -- San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Suggests games and activities that encourage children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders to enhance or improve their social, motor, and sensory skills, and provides tips to modify games for various skill and sensory levels.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S53 2009 

Giggle time - establishing the social connection: a program to develop the communication skills of children with autism, Asperger syndrome and PDD / Sonders, Susan Aud -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.
Giggle Time is a step-by-step program for parents, teachers and other professionals to help develop the non-verbal, verbal and social reciprocity skills of children with autism. It describes in accessible detail how to communicate with children with autism and gives clear instructions on "how to" techniques for developing language skills.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S66 2003 

I can't do that!: my social stories to help with communication, self-care and personal skills / Ling, John -- London: Paul Chapman Publications Co. 2006.
Social Stories were originally developed to help children on the autistic spectrum understand the social confusion that they faced in coming to terms with their worlds. Since then, practitioners have developed the ideas for a much wider audience. Examples are provided, but the intention is that the adult and child work together to write a personal story that the child owns.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 L56 2006

Make play rock: plan for people play / Sussman, Fern; Weitzman, Elaine. -- Toronto: The Hanen Centre, 2014.
This book provides parents with simple, research-based ideas for how they can build their child's interaction and communication skills during 'people games' - games that focus on interaction instead of toys. These games provide the opportunity for children with autism and other social communication difficulties to learn important skills like paying attention to others, taking a turn in an interaction and ending a game.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .S8 2014

Meaningful exchanges for people with autism: an introduction to augmentative & alternative communication / Cafiero, Joanne M. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2005.
When children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) have difficulty communicating, the world can be a painful and frustrating place.  Fortunately, there are tools and strategies that can help make interactive communication possible for individuals with ASDs who can’t use speech effectively.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 C34 2005 

More than words: a parent's guide to building interaction and language skills for children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties / Sussman, Fern -- Toronto: Hanen Program, 2012.
Updated to reflect the most current view on naturalistic models of communication, this illustrated guidebook provides a step-by-step guide for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication difficulties. Presented in a user friendly format, the book’s research-based strategies show parents how to turn everyday activities with their child into opportunities for interaction and communication. DVD also available.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .S8 2012

The new social story book / Gray, Carol -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. 2010.
This revised edition offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, but now features over 25 additional Social Stories, ground breaking new strategies for creating custom stories, and a modern design complete with full-color photos. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in a way children with autism understand, while teaching the social skills children need to be successful at home, at school, and in the community.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G69 2010

Pathways to play!: combining sensory integration and integrated play groups; theme based activities for children with autism spectrum and other sensory-processing disorders / Fuge, Glenda -- Shawnee Mission, KA: APC, 2004.
This book presents a series of ready-to-go theme-based activities to address children’s sensory issues. With fun and motivating titles the 40 carefully designed activities makes it easy for professionals and parents alike to provide structured peer play activities with a sensory-motor foundation.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 F83 2004 

Reaching out, joining in: teaching social skills to young children with autism / Gill-Weiss, Mary Jane -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2001.
Explains how autistic children develop social skills differently, and how Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) works. Presents practical activities (both home and school) to help kids become more socially adept.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G53 2001 

Self-help skills for people with autism: a systematic teaching approach -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2007.
Learning self-help skills (eating, dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene) can be challenging for people with autism, but is essential for independence. This guide thoroughly describes a systematic approach that parents and educators can use to teach basic self-care to children, ages 24 months to early teens, and even older individuals.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S437 2007

Social and communication development in autism spectrum disorders: early identification, diagnosis, and intervention -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2006.
This book provides information to help the reader understand and treat the early social- communication difficulties that are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Valuable advice is offered on matching treatment to individual children's needs.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S628 2006 

The social skills picture book: for high school and beyond / Baker, Jed -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. 2006.
Contains photos of teens engaging in social situations to show the right and wrong way of interacting as well as the positive and negative consequences of each.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B344 2006 

The social skills picture book: teaching communication, play and emotion / Baker, J  -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc. 2001.
For students who need extra help learning appropriate social skills. Uses pictures to demonstrate 30 social skills e.g. conversation, play, emotion management and empathy.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B333 2001 

Social skills training: for children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome and social- communication problems / Baker, Jed -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2003.
In this comprehensive and user friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. After brief introductory chapters, the reader is presented with 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social- communications problems.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B35 2003 

Spaghetti is not a finger food: (and other life lessons) / Carmichael, Jodi. -- San Francisco: Little Pickle Press, 2012.
We follow a delightfully quirky day in the life of Connor, a brilliant student with an equally high talent for second-guessing the rules.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .A35 2012

Succeeding with interventions for Asperger syndrome adolescents: a guide to communication and socialisation in interaction therapy / Harpur, John -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
This book presents effective strategies to tackle the specific difficulties in social interaction and communication that are experienced by adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Focusing on the development of interaction skills through teaching social competence, the authors explain how to design an effective social skills intervention programme whose primary objective is successful peer interaction.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 H2685 2006 

Super skills: a social skills group program for children with Asperger syndrome, high- functioning autism and related challenges / Coucouvanis, Judith -- Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 2005.
To many children on the autism spectrum, social skills pose greater challenges than academics. This series of social skills activities are designed to help elementary-aged students with autism spectrum and other social cognitive deficits succeed in the social realm.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 C68 2005

Teaching playskills to children with autistic spectrum disorder: a practical guide / Smith, Melinda J. -- New York: DRL Books, 2001.
The guide begins by defining play and delineating methods of developing and teaching playskills. It addresses everything from building toys to games and music, to sensory play as well as imaginative play. The final chapters deal with the important yet challenging aspects of peer interactions and the dynamics of playgroups for preschool and school- aged children.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S654 2001

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Web Sites

Autism Parent Resource Kit – Ministry of Children and Youth Services / Trousse de ressources sur l’autisme pour les parents – Ministère des services à l’enfance et à la jeunesse

Knowledge Base – Autism Ontario / Base de connaissances - Autisme Ontario

Autism Ontario / Autisme Ontario

Autism Canada / Autisme Canada

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Government of Canada / Trouble du spectre autistique (TSA) – Gouvernement du Canada

Questions and Answers: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Ontario Ministry of Education / Questions et réponses: Les élèves atteints de troubles du spectre autistique – Ontario ministère de l’éducation

La Fédération québécoise de l’autisme et des autres troubles envahissants du développement (FQATED)

Autism Society of America

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Condition Information - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Center for Study of Autism

Geneva Centre for Autism

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Model Me Going Places
● From Model Me Kids, LLC
● English
● Free
● Last updated Sept 2012
● From iTunes:Model Me Going Places is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community.  Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior.Locations include: Hairdresser; mall; doctor; playground; grocery store and restaurant.
● Available from iTunes

Story Creator – Easy Story Book Maker for Kids
● From Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd.
● English
● Free with In-app purchases
● Last updated Nov 2013
● From iTunes: With story creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text and audio in one collection.  Customer Reviewer: “I love this app.I use it for making social stories for the student’s whom I support.  Using real life photos of them doing “the right thing” helps tremendously”
● Available from iTunes

Sesame Street and Autism
● Sesame Workshop
● English
● Last updated Nov 2015
● From Google Play: These resources are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma, and provide support with everyday routines.For parents and caregivers, the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children app provides tools to help families with preschool children with autism, as well as help those just learning about autism celebrate differences and build bridges of acceptance.
● Available from
Google Play and iTunes

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Local Contacts

Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre / Le centre de traitement pour enfants d'Ottawa
395 Smyth Rd
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L2

Autism Ontario – Ottawa Chapter
1140 Morrison Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9

Children at Risk
235 Donald St., Suite 209
Ottawa, ON  K1K 1N1

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation. 

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

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Last Updated : July 2016
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